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The sweet subtle signs of spring are literally in the air – we experienced the occasional scent of cherry blossoms on our long walk yesterday. Here are a few photos from in and around Beacon Hill Park, Victoria BC.

Lots of snowdrops and the green beginnings of many other spring flowers.

Lots of snowdrops and the green beginnings of many other spring flowers.

These daffodils are early. Another week of this weather and they will be in full force.

These daffodils are early. Another week of this weather and they will be in full force.

Snowdrops, right on time. (Not unusual for snowdrops in January, and they have been around for a few weeks now.)

Snowdrops, right on time. (Not unusual for snowdrops in January, and they have been around for a few weeks now.)

The crocus, right on time.

The crocus, right on time.

Pink, pink, pink; so pretty!

Pink, pink, pink; so pretty! The cherry blossoms are early this year.

Early rhododendrons, usually in their full bloom in March and April.

Early rhododendrons, usually in their full bloom in March and April.

The lush bright greens of spring are in full swing. Took a short walk before dinner to the harbour and back last evening; the air was warm and fragrant with the scent of wallflower. Here are a few photos:

The lush lawn at the Legislative building in the rich evening light.

The lawn at the Legislative buildings, an inviting place to enjoy the evening.

A new growth of bright spring green ivy makes it way across The Empress Hotel.

A new growth of bright spring-green ivy makes it way across The Empress Hotel.

Another view of The Empress Hotel. Beautiful rhododendrons all in bloom.

Another view of The Empress Hotel; beautiful rhododendrons all in bloom.

The cool evening mist beginning to arrive into the Inner Harbour.

The cool evening mist beginning to arrive into the Inner Harbour.

It was such a glorious day yesterday, that we decided to make it a walk day. Our route took us through the neighbourhoods of Fernwood, Jubilee, the edge of Oak Bay and Rockland, where we spent a bit of time in the grounds of Government House.

Later in the spring and throughout the summer, the grounds at Government House will be full of beautiful plants and flowers. Yesterday we were content to see so many narcissus.

Later in the spring and throughout the summer, the grounds at Government House will be full of beautiful plants and flowers. Yesterday we were content to see so many narcissus.

Ducks and fountain along a pathway through the gardens.

Ducks and fountain along a pathway through the gardens.

The view towards the front of Government House, the office and official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia.

The view towards the front of Government House, the office and official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia.

There is a gorgeous rock garden behind the house.

There is a gorgeous rock garden behind the house.

Looking south to Fairfield through the woodlands behind Government House.

Looking south to Fairfield through the woodlands behind Government House.

Time for a treat: hot chocolates and snacks at Bubby Rose's Bakery.

Time for a treat: hot chocolates and snacks at Bubby Rose’s Bakery on Cook Street, near Fort.

Cherry blossoms on Meares Street.

Cherry blossoms on Meares Street.

Today’s rain storm marks the end of a cold snap. The cold clear days were beautiful, but I’m sure hard on the little buds.

Small purple crocuses blooming in spite of the cold.

Small purple crocuses blooming in spite of the cold.

Lovely fountain in Beacon Hill Park, Victoria BC.

Lovely fountain in Beacon Hill Park, Victoria BC.

View from the top of Beacon Hill.

View from the top of Beacon Hill.

Coloured lights filtered through the icy fountain in Centennial Square.

Coloured lights filtered through the icy fountain in Centennial Square.

February on the south tip of Vancouver Island brings the promise of spring with early flowers. The snowdrops have been out for weeks now, and more blooms are bursting every day. Yesterday I spied this beautiful witch hazel:

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While I’m hoping for a rare west-coast January snowstorm, nature decides on snowdrops instead… Well, OK.

Snowdrops in Victoria BC, January 2014.

Snowdrops in Victoria BC, January 2014.

Big Fluffy Blossoms...

Big Fluffy Blossoms…

... and Big Fluffy Bluebells.

… and Big Fluffy Bluebells.